Every year we elect new members to the vestry – our church’s governing body or board of directors – to replace members’ whose terms are expiring. Serving on vestry is an important way to give back to our community by providing leadership after engaging in other aspects of St. John’s community life. This year we are also electing our convention delegates.
Stacy Walters, Sr. Warden
My daughter, Nicole, discovered St. John’s in 2004 while in graduate school. When my husband, Mike, and I moved to Minneapolis in 2007, we already had a church home “warmed up” for us! Over the past 13 years, I have served on both Welcome Committees for Susan and Lisa’s search, I worked with Mary Miller on the 2012 pictorial church directory, taught Sunday School, and co-led the Greet and Connect committee. Mike and I have volunteered for Habitat, Our Savior’s Shelter and a few Urban Homeworks days. I am a pediatrician at Park Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park and also mother to son, John, who was married at St. John’s in July, 2011. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Senior Warden.
Mark Lindberg, Jr. Warden
When my wife Jenny and I returned to Minneapolis in 2000 after living in Washington, D.C., and overseas, we were very interested in finding an Episcopal Church that had a strong sense of being a welcoming, inclusive community, had a track record of commitment to social justice, and was engaged in meaningful social ministries. We feel so lucky to have discovered St. John’s, four short blocks from our house. There are so many things I appreciate about St. John’s, but perhaps above all, it is the sense of warmth and community that my family and I feel there. I was on the vestry for a term in the 2000’s and have otherwise been involved in our Justice & Service work for a long time, which is a natural extension of my work as a program director at a local private foundation. I am honored to serve as Junior Warden during these challenging and exciting times.
Tim Rowe, Vestry
Tim was raised Catholic and grew up in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. He graduated from Iowa State, with a degree in English and a minor in theology. After college he worked as a youth minister at his home parish for three years. Then he felt the need to leave Iowa and lived in Kansas City, Washington, D.C., Seattle and San Francisco. This was also a time when he stepped away from organized religion for a number of years. In 2008 he returned to the Midwest and settled in Minneapolis. In 2010 he met his wife, Jenny, and they married in 2012. Tim is an administrator with Minneapolis Adult Education, a Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education program that provides free English and GED preparation classes in north and south Minneapolis. Jenny is a public high school social studies teacher. Tim and Jenny live with their two dogs, Edie and Buddy, in the Central neighborhood of Minneapolis. They began attending St. John’s in 2018 and became members shortly thereafter. In their spare time they are slowly building a small off-grid cabin near Grand Marias.
Dick Howard, Vestry
Dick is a healthcare, philanthropy, and community leader with over 40 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and governance. Currently as President of RJ Howard & Associates, LLC he works with multiple tax exempt organizations specializing in business and strategic planning, philanthropy planning, and fundraising. Over the last 20 years Dick has spent time in discernment, contemplative prayer and leading spiritual retreats for parishes and individuals. Dick is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys XC skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, mountain biking, paddling sports and woodland/native plantings gardens.
Kathryn Olson, Vestry
Our family first attended St. John’s on Advent I in 2013 and became members in the fall of 2014, a week before our younger son, Sammy, was born. We were looking for a parish with a strong youth program, welcoming worship space and community, and quality music and liturgy, and felt we had found all those things at St. John’s. Prior to St. John’s, we attended Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, where Edward was baptized and where I served on the Bishop’s Committee and as a delegate to Diocesean Convention. I grew up in Northfield, Minnesota, where I attended All Saints Epsicopal Church with my family, serving on the vestry in high school and working as the sexton during high school and college. More recently, I served on the Search Committee for the new Minister of Children, Youth & Families. Outside of St. John’s, I work for a specialty insurance company, where I have been since I left private practice in 2009. I am looking forward to my time on the St. John’s vestry and appreciate the opportunity.
Laura Meister, Vestry & Delegate
I live in Hopkins with my husband, Danny, and our cat, Curi. Danny is a network engineer and spends his free time mountain biking, playing guitar, and listening to his favorite podcasts. I own a nutrition consultation business and help open nutrition clubs all around the United States. In my free time I enjoy traveling, yoga, and currently designing our cabin we are building on the North Shore in Beaver Bay, MN. While my husband doesn’t participate in church with me, he is very supportive of my own spiritual journey. Currently, we are awaiting a phone call from an adoption agency we are working with to be first time parents. I’ve been worshipping at St. John’s for 4 years. I’ve served as a co-chair on the Rector Search Committee and spent some time on the Racial Equity committee. I’m honored to be asked to serve on the Vestry of this amazing church, and intend to serve well.
Kathy Schweikart, Treasurer
I have been attending St. John’s for 15 years. During that time I served on the Vestry, was Senior Warden and have taught Sunday School. I am a lifelong Episcopalian and, with the exception of a few years, have always been part of an Episcopal congregation. Prior to St. John’s my family attended St. Paul’s near Lake of the Isles where I served for a number of years as Treasurer. My husband and I have two young adult children. I retired from General Mills in July 2019 after spending most of my career there in a variety of finance roles. I currently also am Treasurer of Circle of the Beloved, Minnesota’s chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps. I look forward to supporting St. John’s in this role.
Ginny Jacobson, Clerk
Ginny Jacobson was born in Southern Minnesota and moved to the Twin Cities after attending St. Olaf College and graduating from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Il with a B.A. in religion and education. After teaching at Seward Elementary School in South Minneapolis, she entered the insurance/employee benefits field, which became her 40+ year career. Ginny earned an M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas during that career. Over 12 years ago Ginny joined St. John’s and jumped into the “deep end” of the pool right away when joining a busload of enthusiastic St. John-ers building a Habitat for Humanity home in Alabama…in August! Through the years she has been active in Altar Guild, Garden and Spirit Groups, plus supporting the Haiti Partnership, Community of Hope International/Circle of Care, Urban Homeworks and Pastoral Ministry. After retirement Lunch Bunch offered new and wonderful friendships too (plus GREAT food)! Among her non-St. John’s activities, Ginny was a volunteer with the International Institute of Minnesota/Festival of Nations for 38 years. She also was a new immigrant resettlement volunteer with the Minnesota Council of Churches. For over four years she has been a hospice volunteer through Park Nicollet/Methodist Hospital.
John Corlett, Delegate
My wife, Mary, and I joined St. John’s in 1982. I have been actively involved in many opportunities at church (including Building & Grounds, Urban Homeworks, and our Shrove Tuesday event to name a few) but never as a delegate to the convention. When Lisa explained the role and the new Bishop’s agenda I was intrigued. I am anxious to participate with St. John’s delegate team.
Beka Gonzalez-Olson, Delegate
Sally Johnson, Delegate
When Kay (Kramer) and I aren’t “up north” “at the cabin” I am working on the governance of The Episcopal Church at the church wide and diocesan level as I have for over 30 years. My ministry calling is to use that expertise, share it and help others participate in it at all levels of Church. I’ve been honored to represent St. John’s at the diocesan Convention and would like to do so again. In the diocese I’ve worked with the University Episcopal Center, Episcopal Community Services, as a Deputy to General Convention and Chancellor of the Diocese. I’ve served on dozens of bodies at the church-wide level and worked for the Church Pension Group advising bishops and other Church leaders on Canons (church law), governance, and all aspects of our “ordered” common life as Episcopalians. Kay and I have loved being a part of this community together for the past 20 years and were married at St. John’s in 2015. I’ve been an Episcopalian and Minnesotan my whole life.
Doug Mensing, Delegate
I was born & raised in New Jersey in a strong Lutheran family. Lifelong interests have included art, music, and the outdoors. I went to Valparaiso University and then moved to Minneapolis in 1991 (right before the Halloween blizzard!) where I’ve had the good fortune of going to graduate school (U of MN) and working as an environmental/ecological consultant. My children, Griffin (23) and Eva (20) live in town. I’ve been regularly attending St. John’s since the late 1990s and married Ashley there in 2010. I’ve been involved in many St John’s ministries including music, our Earth Matters Committee, and a term on Vestry.
Mike Walters, Alternate
I was introduced to St. John’s by our daughter, Nicole, and have been a member for 12 years. I can sometimes be found sitting online in one of my many zoom rooms with my spouse, Stacy. Our son, John, and his wife, Alissa, were married at St. John’s seven years ago. I have served as a member of several groups at St. John’s, including the Vestry. I am a synthetic organic chemist by training and currently work at the University of Minnesota in a drug discovery institute.
Kay Kramer, Alternate
I’ve been a member of St. John’s for 21 years and I love the Episcopal Church and St. John’s. I’ve served as as a delegate to the Episcopal Church in Minnesota for many years and am now happy to serve as an alternate as I transition into my new retirement life. My history at St. John’s (formerly the vestry and senior warden, and current involvement in the finance and personnel committees) as well as my work across the country as a finance faculty for the Church Pension Group has given me exposure to the variety of issues in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN). I’ve been involved with ECMN for many years in a number of ways, from having been a Trustee, to serving on the board and as president of Sheltering Arms Foundation, an affiliate of ECMN, to being a delegate from St. John’s for the last several years. Being married to Sally Johnson also has given me great insight into the workings of the wider church! Outside of St. John’s, my passion is my financial planning firm and working with clients on their financial planning issues, travel, and time spent up in the Northwoods.